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Doings in Dayton: 1902

Doings in Dayton: 1902

Circa 1902. "Courthouse -- Dayton, Ohio." Under a web of streetcar, telephone and telegraph wires. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Many lanes of traffic.

Dayton was laid out to have angled parking spots for horse and buggy traffic around each building location. Later on these spots were converted to lanes for traffic. This is why, unlike most cities, Dayton has 5 or 6 lanes for traffic through the downtown area.

Electric bus trolley wires

There are still a lot of wires, for Dayton's electric trolley buses.

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Below is the same view from August of 2008.

The Ice Man Cometh

Well, rather the ice boy. Hope he has something keeping that block from falling off the back.

The cyclist

might be on one of the last earthbound contraptions produced by the Wright Cycle Company, a mere one mile west on 3rd Street at the time.

Still there!

I've been to many concerts in that columned building. Cool.

The Courthouse

is still there but not much else is the same.

 
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